One of the nice things about Preview Night the last couple years is that the folks at Mattel really believe their panels must be an embarassment of riches. So much so, that they happily drop plenty of MOTU reveals on Preview Night. In some cases it’s the simple reveal of items we previously knew about, but there are also a fun few surprises – particularly items not in the sub. Here’s a quick rundown of what Matty had on display last night:
Geldor: Fan’s Choice Winner
Geldor won the Fan’s Choice contest last year, edging out Illumina, so he’s an example of a character we already knew was on the way (he should ship in November). Admittedly, he wasn’t a figure I was looking forward to, but he’s been growing on me ever since Mattel released the above picture. I’d like to see a little more detail on the armor, of course, but the head sculpt looks great and really sells the figure. Check out the the forum for better shots of the accessories.
Presumbly in the Filmation subscription, Nepthu appeared in one episode of the original cartoon. The Filmation characters are still a bit underdetailed (anime hypo-detailed??), but I do love his accessories.
End of Wars Weapons Pak
Another non-subscription item, the Weapons Pak was full of pleasant surprises. Kowl is the one being most talked about (and debated – he’s toy colors instead of cartoon colors), but Rattlor’s armor and Strobo’s rifle are also all-new items that are included. Some fun repaints round out the set, including a blue sowrd for Netossa, Hurricane Hordak’s attachments in black for Trap Jaw and Trap Jaw’s accessories in grey for Roboto, Laser Lot’s gear in normal grey, a gold mix of basic weapons from Stinkor, Moss Man, Buzz-Off, and the Palace Guards. Finally, the set is rounded otu with a neon green set of He-Man’s gear. I’m not sure what the intention is on the last one, but it looks kinda snazzy?
Sky High w/ the Sky Sled
There were two things that brought a big smile to my face tonight and this was one of them. While I want Rio Blast & Two-Bad as much as anyone, I was very disppointed when the line was reworked to give “A-listers” priority at the cost of characters like Red Beast. Screw that, frankly. Luckily, Mattel didn’t let me down with the inclusion of Sky High (a.k.a. the Wind Raider Pilot!). We were clamoring for him in the line’s early days – he actually was featured in our Most Requested Column back in 2009 – and I couldn’t be happier that he’s finally on his way this holiday season (out side the subscription, of course). Oh, and yeah, he’s packed with the Four Horsemen’s awesome take on the Sky Sled! This is a hot & unexpected item.
We don’t know the story on Lookee just yet. He’ll presumably be in the line somewhere, but for now the Mattel team will be hiding him around the SDCC booth each day. The first attendee to find him and send the photograph into Mattel wins a free 2014 subscription! BCRDuke was the winner yesterday, spotting Loo-kee hanging out behind a “Batusi” Batman box! Congrats, duke!
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